Big Stomach After Eating

If you often face the problem of a bloated or big stomach after eating, this article will shed some light on its causes and remedies. If you are tired of that stuffy feeling after eating, read on to know about how you can get rid of it.
Big stomach after eating is a problem which is faced by many people. I myself have experienced this problem many times in the past. After your meal, you get that stuffy feeling in the stomach, which makes you uncomfortable and squirmy.

Causes & Remedies

Bloating or bloated stomach after eating is characterized by a swelling of the abdominal area, along with tightness and an uneasy feeling in the stomach. It is often accompanied by stomach cramps after eating. Gas is a major cause of big stomach in men and women. Other than that, following are the different causes of bloating.

Gorging Food
Gluttony or gorging is the major cause of a bloated stomach after eating! The stomach sack has a limited capacity to hold food. However, if it's filled beyond that, it is bound to expand to accommodate more.

The remedy is quite simple. Just stop eating after you are full. 'Eat to live and not live to eat' must be your slogan. Depression can make you gorge on food. Do not let depression get you down and do not make gluttony a habit.

Allergies to Particular Foodstuffs
Certain kinds of food allergies may leave you bloated. It may be due to some auto immune response to a particular food stuff. You need to be watchful and investigate whether the stomach bloating happens after you eat a particular kind of food.

If you can identify a particular kind of food that causes bloating and/or stomach cramps, consult your doctor regarding it and basically avoid eating it!

Aerophagia is a habit of swallowing too much air when you eat too fast. This can mess up the coordination between swallowing and respiration. This can give you a bloated stomach. Especially if you talk too much while eating, you swallow more air. Drinking carbonated soft drinks or smoking while eating can also give you a bloated or big stomach.

This is a major cause of bloating stomach after eating. Try to talk less and swallow less air while eating. If the problem still persists, consult a doctor.

Intolerance to Lactose/Fructose
Intolerance to lactose or fructose can be another cause.

Avoid consuming lactose containing dairy products and consult a dietitian.

Diverticulosis is a condition where there is dislodging of colonic mucosa as well as submucosa, due to persistent weakness in the walls of the muscle. This condition shows other symptoms like bleeding, diarrhea and constipation.

If you face all the symptoms listed above, you must consult a doctor as soon as possible. Mostly, no medication or surgical treatment is required. An increase in the fluid intake and fiber input through diet, can solve this problem.

Worm Infestation in Stomach
Severe infestation of worms in the small intestine can lead to you having a bloated stomach after eating. This is accompanied with cramping pain the stomach, diarrhea and flatulence.

You need to consult a doctor immediately if you are facing this condition of a big stomach along with the other symptoms. Your doctor will prescribe medicines which will help in getting rid of the intestinal worms.

Constipation is a major reason behind a bloated stomach condition.

The remedy is following a high fiber diet, including laxatives and increasing fluid intake.

Intra-Abdominal Fat
Another reason might be an excessive accumulation of intra-abdominal fat, due to central obesity.

The treatment involves a heavy exercise regimen which helps in weight loss and subsequently reduces the intra-abdominal fat.

So these were some of the causes of getting a bloated stomach after meals. I hope you have found the cause of your problem in the list above.
Published: December 30, 2009
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